Friday, December 6, 2013 - 08:52 p.m.
REPORTS from the Environment department confirm dwindling air quality in the Valley.
Wilhelmina Lagunilla, chief planning officer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau, said results of air quality survey over parts of the province capital confirm a dwindling quality of air.
Friday, December 6, 2013 - 08:50 p.m.
THE Baguio Regional Trial Court branch 61 recently meted a life term and a P5 million fine for a father and son who maintained and operated a drug den along Siapno Road.
The Baguio drug court in its recent decision convicted Theodulo “Teddy” Villareal and son, Peter John Villareal, for converting their house into a drug den, “a place where illegal drug activities abound” the court decision said.
Friday, December 6, 2013 - 08:49 p.m.
THE Department of Health-Cordillera continues to advocate for safety and health as back to back festivities are expected this Yuletide season.
Center for Health Development - Health Emergency Management Service Coordinator Elnoria Bugnosen said the public must be cautious this Christmas season and must avoid playing with fireworks because it is the major cause of most injuries in the region every December and January.
Friday, December 6, 2013 - 08:48 p.m.
THE profiteering days - and nights - of organizers of fund-raisers for their personal profit but masquerading as humanitarian and civic projects will soon be over, at least here in Baguio.
Stung by the proliferation of fun-runs, concerts and other solicitation events labeled “for-a-cause” but turn out to be “for-a-cost” to line the pockets of the organizers, the City Social Welfare and Development Office is set to endorse to Mayor Mauricio Domogan an executive order regulating any form of fund-raising here.
Friday, December 6, 2013 - 08:45 p.m.
THE International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) has pledged some US$ 4 million (P164 million) in aid for agricultural rehabilitation and start-up grant for farmers in Typhoon Yolanda affected areas in the Visayas.
IFAD Country Program Officer Dr. Yolando Arban disclosed the amount is now being worked out by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Finance for the rehabilitation of farms, irrigation systems and existing IFAD projects in the Eastern and Western Visayas.
Friday, December 6, 2013 - 08:43 p.m.
HEDCOR, Inc. won the 2013 Outstanding Labor Management Cooperation for Industrial Peace Award with corresponding P50,000 cash awarded by the Philippine League Of Labor Management Cooperation Practitioners, Inc. (PHILAMCOP) and the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) on November 28 at Grand Men Seng Hotel, Davao City during the 9th National Labor Management Cooperation Convention.
Hedcor, Inc. received the same award in 2011. Another win will bring them to the category of a Hall of Famer.
Friday, December 6, 2013 - 08:41 p.m.
TAKING a respite from searching for Samaritans, Remedios Walleng, a 34-year old mother of two, took time - like a mother should - to breast-feed Jereka, her five-month old daughter.
She was wearing a mask against infection, as her immune system has been weakened by Hodgkins lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes diagnosed Christmas last year, and by four chemotherapy sessions she had undergone since then.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 07:47 p.m.
ELIMINATE stigma, give additional support to prevent the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus and open more testing centers.
This was the call of Red Ribbon Project coordinator in Baguio Ryan Javier to the local government during the World AIDS Day celebration after their organization noticed a seeming lack of support for the wellness of residents to have access for HIV testing and education.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 07:44 p.m.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- More doctors were assigned to the province in a bid to improve health services.
Governor Nestor Fongwan administered the oath taking of three female physicians who were appointed as full pledged provincial employees to be detailed at the Benguet General Hospital (BeGH) and Dennis Molintas Municipal Hospital.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 07:41 p.m.
OFFICIALS OF the Philippine National Police–Cordillera reminded policemen and private individuals not to use their guns as "fireworks" this Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Deputy Regional Director for Operations Senior Superintendent Ulysses Abellera said firing of firearms as noisemaker this season is not allowed. Private individuals and cops with licensed or unlicensed firearms caught firing indiscriminately will be punished, he warned.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 07:38 p.m.
BAGUIO City Mayor Mauricio Domogan urged neighboring towns to adopt a total ban on the selling of firecrackers and pyrotechnics.
Domogan told reporters Wednesday he received information La Trinidad town will also adopt the ban in firecrackers and pyrotechnic devices which reduces means for Baguio residents to have access to these banned products.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 07:35 p.m.
TABUK CITY, Kalinga -- Local food processors recently underwent a two day training workshop with the Packaging Technology Department -Industrial Technology Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology.
Sunshine Molintas, Trade Industry Specialist-Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program of the Department of Trade-Kalinga, said the activity aims to arm the processors with the knowledge on how to make their products commercially marketable and competitive and how to protect their rights as the product developers.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 07:32 p.m.
PHILEX Mines is awaiting government decision whether or not to permanently operate the Padcal site.
"We are still waiting, we have no choice," said Libby Ricafort, vice president for Operations at Philex Mining and resident manager.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 07:29 p.m.
THE Baguio Council approved the proposed resolution of Councilor Betty Lourdes Tabanda urging Congress through Representative Nicasio Aliping, Jr. for legislation giving benefits to barangay officials.
Included in the proposed legislative measures are benefits and emoluments to the Barangay secretary, treasurer, tanods and the lupong tagapamayapa members.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 07:25 p.m.
TEENAGE pregnancy is among the major causes of extensive increase of population in the country. In order to solve this, the Commission on Population–Cordillera will soon introduce a unique campaign come 2014.
Information officer Job David Manalang revealed they are ready to launch the 101 XSX (Ex the Early Sex) program, which is "a social movement campaign to curb risky behavior and early sexual encounter that lead to teen pregnancies among the youth."
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 07:23 p.m.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Students in the different districts of the Department of Education-Benguet exhibited their skills and competed in a Skills Exhibition Division Technolympics at the Benguet State University-Secondary Laboratory School recently.
With the theme "Strengthening and Upgrading Skills and Competence in Facing Life’s Challenges," the event kicked off with a parade from the Philippine National Bank-Trinidad to the BSU open gym.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 07:20 p.m.
BONTOC, Mountain Province -- In their desire of to continue reducing violence against women and children, the Provincial Board aims to replicate the Comprehensive Intervention Against Gender-Based Violence in the province.
The board recently passes a resolution authorizing Governor Leonard Mayaen to enter into a MOA with the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 07:17 p.m.
THE partnership between the City Government and the Asian Cities Adapt (ACA) and the University of the Philippines-Baguio has released reports on the expected impacts of climate change here.
The report which is part of the project of ACA to carry out a cyclical adaptation management process based on sound adaptation research integrating adaptation needs will help the local government plan and build resilience towards the effects of climate change.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 08:15 p.m.
REPRODUCTIVE health advocate and former Baguio City mayor Peter Rey Bautista predicts more pressing social problems for the Summer Capital following the severe effects of climate change now being felt around the world.
“A ballooning population makes us more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Reason why the Reproductive Health Bill must now be implemented to help us lay out better plans also for disaster preparedness,” Bautista stressed.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 08:14 p.m.
INCREASING cases of teenage pregnancies in the region has prompted the Population Commission to seek the help of boarding house owners in Baguio City.
Population Commission Regional Director Rosa Fortaleza said they opted to seek the aid of boarding house owners explaining they may counsel the youth preventing them from engaging in risky sexual behaviors.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 08:09 p.m.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Sangguniang Kabataan president and Councilor Brenden Kim Quintos stepped down from his position last week without fanfare, leaving a gap in the youth representation for the town.
Quintos along with other youth representatives of the SK all over the country stepped down, leaving youth representation empty for local government units until the issues surrounding the SK are resolved.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 08:05 p.m.
THE CIVIL Service Commission (CSC)–Cordillera officials said drinking of liquor even on Christmas parties in government offices is prohibited.
Regional Director Marilyn Taldo said this is a prohibited act under the memorandum circular (MC) no. 4, series of 2011 issued by Chairman Francisco Duque. She explained the MC states policy guidelines on the prohibition on the consumption of alcoholic beverages among government officials and employees.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 08:03 p.m.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Authorities are now focusing on eradication of highland plantations of marijuana.
Benguet cops along with drug agents uprooted 15 plantations in Sitio Delsig, Poblacion and Sitio Bulalakaw, Takadang both from Kibungan.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 08:01 p.m.
INFRASTRUCTURE projects are finally coming into fruition five years after the implementation of the Cordillera Highland Agriculture Resource Management Program 2.
Department of Agriculture Assistant Regional Director Cameron Odsey, CHARM2 coordinator said infrastructure, agroforestry and livelihood projects which form major components of the project funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 08:49 p.m.
"WE are not at fault."
With this the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples denied they are to blame for the rampant subdivision of ancestral land titles given to IPs especially in Baguio City.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 08:48 p.m.
THE Department of Labor and Employment said employers are given only up to December 24 to release their employees' 13th month pay.
Baguio–Benguet Field Office Labor and Employment officer Engr. Jose Gamad, Jr. said employers who have not yet released the 13th month pay must do so before December 24 or face complaints.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 08:46 p.m.
THE Philippine National Police recently conferred to the Police Regional Office-Cordillera its certification on the Performance Governance System–Stage Initiation.
In compliance to the PNP Patrol Plan 2030 initiated by Director General Allan Purisima entitled “Cascading the enhanced scorecard of the Chief PNP to the Police Regional and Provincial Offices,” the region’s police became one of only two police regional offices in the country to attain the certification.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 08:44 p.m.
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- New coffee varieties will be put under further studies here.
“Rest assured findings and any actions to be taken by this office will be properly channeled through the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist,” Department of Agriculture Regional Director Marilyn Sta. Catalina assured Governor Nestor Fongwan.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 08:42 p.m.
LAGAWE, Ifugao -- The National Food Authority (NFA) here is enjoining farmers in the province to sell their palay to the government in either dry or newly-threshered state.
NFA-Ifugao officer in-charge Lolita Paz said the grain agency has started procuring the so called wet "sariwa" palay with the price ranging from P13.48 to P15.66 per kilogram.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 08:40 p.m.
BAGUIO City Police Office (BCPO) heightens its efforts for the protection of participants to the international golf invitational, which is currently being held in the city.
The Fil–Am golf tournament is now being held at the Camp John Hay and at the Baguio Country Club. The tournament started November 20 with series of practice games. The game will end on December 7 with an awarding ceremony to be held at the venue.